Psychology and Negro Life … Some Needed Research
Documentation of Negro potentialities. The issue of segregation is psychologically tied in with the myth of innate Negro inferiority. This myth of hereditary determination of Negro intelligence, personality and social behavior is still being spread. For example, the Governor of Alabama has sponsored a study to prove that the Negro people are innately inferior. The area of Negro potentiality might well be documented further.
Segregated mental hospitals. If you visit South Carolina’s mental hospitals, you see segregated units for Negro and white patients. Negroes are “treated” under the same conditions of segregation that often contribute to the development of their emotional difficulties. The study of the psychic consequences of our segregated therapeutic milieus would be in order.